- any of a genus (Lupinus) of plants of the pea family, with palmately compound leaves, racemes of white, rose, yellow, or blue flowers, and pods containing beanlike seeds: used for forage, green manure, etc.
- the seed of the European lupine (Lupinus albus) used in some parts of Europe as food
Origin of lupineMiddle English lupyne ; from Classical Latin lupinus ; from lupus, wolf: reason for name uncertain
- of a wolf or wolves
- wolflike; fierce; ravenous
Origin of lupineClassical Latin lupinus ; from lupus, wolf
Origin of lupineMiddle English, from Old French lupin, from Latin lupīnum, from neuter of lupīnus, wolflike; see lupine2.
- Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
- Rapacious; ravenous.
Origin of lupineFrench, from Latin lupīnus, from lupus, wolf; see w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lupine, superlative most lupine)